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  •  Nations DO have the power to act (1+ / 0-)
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    VL Baker

    The same argument could be made about individuals.  Individuals acting is where collective action begins.  Individuals not acting is how tyranny and oppression thrive.  In this world of nation-states, the exact same is true of nations.  Indeed, and unfortunately, ONLY nations have the power to act.

    For those that say nations cannot, look at the Montreal Protocol to limit ozone-depleting gasses in the late 1980s.  It was unquestionably pretty damn successful, if not perfect.  WE must make OUR nation act.

    And on this - regardless whether China currently puts out more GHGs than we do - it is the USA's action that will begin to save the future... if we make us all undertake the changes that the future demands of us.

    If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. Thomas Paine

    by WestCider on Tue Sep 03, 2013 at 07:17:39 PM PDT

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